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The Cognitive Therapeutics Method: Visual-Spatial Perception
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07 March 2017
  Home Care Assistance Prescott

Visual-Spatial Perception Decline Can be Offset by Cognitive Stimulation

The Cognitive Therapeutics MethodTM(CTM), is an activities-based, cognitive stimulation program, to help older adults stay mentally sharp and independent. Activities were developed by our dedicated research team led by a neuropsychologist after more than a year of reviewing relevant research. The program is consistent with the growing understanding of neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to form new connections throughout life and even into late adulthood, and how cognitive stimulation aids in the process. Combined with other positive behaviors like healthy diet and exercise, CTM is designed to promote brain health and improve overall quality of life.

While memory issues tend to be among the first signs of cognitive decline, memory is just one of the cognitive functions affected by neurocognitive disorders. Our proprietary CTM activities not only stimulate memory, but also executive functioning, attention, language and visual-spatial perception. Let’s take a closer look at visual-spatial perception.

Visual-Spatial Perception is the ability to recognize an object’s physical location as well as the physical relationships between objects. For example, if you want to pick up a pen on a table, your visual-spatial perception allows you to see the pen and table, and coordinate your hand and fingers to grasp the pen and remove it from the table. Decline in this domain might result in you trying to grasp the pen an inch too far to the right or to not be able to grab it at all.

In general, deficits in visual-spatial perception can manifest as clumsiness (e.g., often dropping objects when trying to put them on a table or other surface), the inability to read the time on a clock and an increased risk for falls.

The following are two examples of activities designed to stimulate visual-spatial perception:

 

In Design Copy, the client is asked to draw a copy of a figure, such as the one to the left, shown to him or her. The focus is not on accuracy or artistic ability, but rather the exercise of observing and recreating what is shown.

The Visual Puzzles activity includes a number of line-drawings broken up into pieces and jumbled. The client is asked to identify what is made when the pieces are put back together. The example to the right is a shirt. Images range in difficulty, making the activity customizable to the client so that he or she never feels overwhelmed or defeated.

Visual-spatial perception is a component of cognition that can be easy to overlook, but can have a significant impact on quality of life. Our goal is to provide seniors with a top tier standard of care, and to that end, we are constantly creating innovative programs that improve the lives of aging adults. To take advantage of the latest research suggesting that mental stimulation is associated with slower cognitive decline, we developed this science-based cognitive stimulation program that can be administered one-on-one in a comfortable home environment.

Home Care Assistance Prescott is the only home care agency to offer cognitive exercises in addition to support with activities of daily living, including transportation, personal care, light housekeeping and companionship. We help seniors maintain optimal independence, health and happiness at home; improving their mental acuity is just one more way we can enhance our clients’ quality of life. We serve the communities of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, and surrounding areas and offer a free consultation. Contact us today!